MGT723 Research Project Assessment Task 2: Data Collection

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MGT723 Research Project

Assessment Task 2: Data Collection

Student Name:


Submission Date:

(Note the due date in the course outline)




I certify that I have carefully reviewed the university’s academic misconduct policy. I understand that the source of ideas must be referenced and that quotation marks and a reference are required when directly quoting anyone else’s words.

Note that you are permitted to change your research question and hypothesis as your research project develops over the semester. If you make changes you should note, however, that you will need to update your conceptual model, hypothesis, theoretical constructs and proxy measures accordingly. Although these not assessed directly, your submission in Task 2 and Task 3 will be evaluated in the context of your stated conceptual model etc.




Introduction: (Not assessed)

What is your research problem?


Literature Review – Summary (Not Assessed)

Provide your summary (maximum 1 page) of the theoretical argument leading to the conceptual model with theoretical constructs clearly identified.


Conceptual Model: (Not Assessed)

Provide a diagram to show the relationships between the key theoretical constructs. This may have changed from Task 1 and should be updated to be consistent with the remainder of this assessment item.


Hypotheses: (Not assessed)

Indicate your hypotheses – they will be assessed in your Assessment Task 1 for ACC620.



Data Collection (Assessed)


Complete the spreadsheet and submit it separately.


Data Analysis – Descriptive: (Assessed)

Provide a descriptive analysis of the relevant data from the CDP dataset provided. Maximum of five pages.



Data Analysis – Inferential: (Assessed)

Describe the inferential statistics that you plan to use to test your hypotheses.


List of references

MGT723 Task 3 Checklist

From the study guide (which I strongly encourage you to refer back to)

“The process of data analysis and discussion are iterative. As you begin to analyse the data the ‘story’ will begin to emerge (and you should begin writing that story as it becomes clear to you). Seeing the story emerge will suggest further analysis to be completed. The process of data analysis can be a rollercoaster ride of insight, confusion, and then further insight. Don’t be discouraged!” (p.59)


“Your draft of the final report should be taking form. As you review what you have already written always strive for better ways to express your ideas. Review and revise your work regularly to keep in mind what you have already done so that your writing will continue to be logically and internally consistent.  As your ideas or conception of the issues change be sure to revise what you have previously written to make sure it reflects the change.” (p.64)


Consider the following before submission:

Data Analysis – Inferential (20): (the application of these points will depend on your data (nominal/ scale) and so some of these suggestions will not apply)

o Conducted the appropriate statistical test (do not be concerned if you do not find a significant result, that is not unusual) and drawn the appropriate conclusion with reference to the test statistic and the probability of a Type I error (if you do not find a significant result you might also consider the probability of  a Type II error.

o Considered the implications of outliers

o Considered control variable – either within the inferential test, or repeating the inferential test for different levels of the control variable (e.g., note that only one of these will apply based on the type of data that you have – if the control variable was industry type, either include a dummy variable for industry type into a regression, conduct t-tests separately for each industry type, or conduct a univariate analysis of variance with your IV and CV as fixed factors)

o Conducted additional analysis to determine whether your results apply to subsections of your data, such as for particular industries or countries.

Hypothesis Testing (10):

o Appropriate conclusion based on the inferential test.

o Conclusion (hypothesis supported or not supported) based on the correct statistics from the inferential test (e.g., if you are conducting a t-test, Levene’s test of the homogeneity of variances will indicate which row of statistics you use and refer to in drawing a conclusion on your hypothesis)

o Reference to the descriptive statistics from Task 2 to indicate the nature of the relationship between the variables.



Discussion (30): The introduction and motivation that you wrote for the ACC620 task (and summarised for Task 1) is an important guide for the discussion in Task 3. In the introduction and motivation you indicated why the research is important for theory and practice. Your discussion will now relate your findings to these broader perspectives, and your conclusions will be your contribution to these issues and the theoretical discourses.


o Broad conclusions of your study that are consistent with the inferential and descriptive statistics. Be careful not to overstate the results.

o Implications of your study for theory development/ how it confirms, challenges, and/or adds to theory and specifically our understanding of the relationship between the IV and DV.

o Practical implications of your results

o Are there any recommendations that you might make based on your results?

Limitations (10):

o Sample size (and implications for the power of your statistical test – might explain an insignificant result even if the relationship exists)

o  Limitations of the data – consider the CDP data, how it was obtained by CDP and the implications for generalisability

o Generalisability of the sample – would your result apply to another time, industry, country, other forms of social and/or environmental performance…..

o You might refer back to the assumptions of your inferential test, if they were breached consider how it affects the conclusions that you have drawn.

Further Research (10)

o Referring to the limitations mentioned above, how might they be addressed through further research?

o Would other research methods be able to provide more insight (such as a case study, interviews, or experiments?)

o Based on the theoretical and practical motivation that you identified in Task 1, and in ACC620, what further research is necessary?

Spelling and Grammar (10)

o Entire document is spell checked and grammar checked.

o Technical terms are used correctly (e.g., your test does not PROVE the hypothesis – it supports, does not support, or rejects it).

Referencing (10):

o In-text referencing – all quotations are in quotation marks with the references

o Statements are supported with references

o Ideas taken from other sources are referenced

o Intext references, and list of references, are all a consistent format.

o List of references includes all sources included as in-text references

MGT723 Task 1 Research Proposal Marking Rubric

The plan and breakdown of the marks is as follows:

  • Literature Review – Summary: A summary (maximum 1 page) of the theoretical argument leading to the conceptual model with theoretical constructs clearly identified.                             /30
  • Conceptual Model: From the data (proxy measures) provided in the spreadsheet, identify a Dependent Variable (DV), an Independent Variable (IV) and a Control, Moderating, or Mediating Variable. Show the relationships between them clearly shown in a diagram.                                                                /20
  • Hypotheses: include your hypothesised relationship between the IV and the DV.
  • Theoretical constructs operationalised: complete the table showing the proxy, the related theoretical construct, and whether it is a dependent (DV), independent (IV) and one other variable (CV, MoV, or MeV).               /15
  • Research Method: describe the research method (Survey, Secondary Data), the strengths and weaknesses of the method and implications for your research.  /15
  • Spelling, Grammar and Referencing: flawless spelling and grammar /10
  • Referencing: correct and consistent intext referencing and Bibliography. /10
  Unsatisfactory Satisfactory Excellent
Literature Summary The argument is unconvincing or poorly supported with appropriate references


The argument is convincing and has references to support the assertions.


The logic of the argument is convincing and flawless



Conceptual Model Model is not provided or is unclear                     0-9 The relationships between some theoretical constructs are shown            10-15 The relationships between all key theoretical constructs are clearly shown                         16-20
Operational Constructs


Missing or incorrect classification of proxies


Complete classification of proxies but some errors                      7-10 Complete and correct classification of all proxy measures                     11-15
Hypotheses Hypotheses based on the literature review are provided (to be assessed in ACC620 assignment)
Research Method Not mentioned



General strengths and weaknesses identified


Specific strengths and weaknesses of the method, and the CDP data, clearly described.


Spelling, Grammar Many mistakes, difficult to understand, inconsistencies in referencing style


Few mistakes, easy to understand, consistent referencing style applied


No mistakes, clear and convincing expression


Referencing Numerous inconsistencies in referencing   0-3 Mostly correct and consistent referencing


Correct and consistent referencing


Plagiarism Failure to use quotation marks when using someone else’s words. Academic penalties, including failing the task, the course, and potentially exclusion from the university.